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The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The conclusion is ultimately satisfying while leaving the door open for Liu's next entry in the series, which I will be starting as soon as is it's ready. On the positive side, the new characters were quite strong, and Liu focuses much more on developing and following female characters compared to the first book (although female characters were not absent from the first entry by any means). Wall of Storms remains a work of 'light touch fantasy' where the gods are allowed to intervene in the affairs of mortals in very constrained ways, and the biology of fantastic beasts are explored in very great detail. The development new technologies throughout the story is also highlight--Liu has a clear passion for engineering and the constant evolution of the start of the art in Dara is a welcome contrast to your typical stagnant medieval fantasy settings (apparently no onr has had a new idea for 10k years in A Song of Ice and Fire),
I wish we could have spent more time with Kuni, but I guess that he's somewhat distant and unknowable in this second book is consistent with his new station as Emperor of all of Dara. Some of the battles in the back half of the book also felt a little gimmicky--they were tense, and well constructed but I would find myself wondering- 'alright let's just see which side has the last trick up their sleeve and get it over with." These are minor quibbles and didn't take away much from the overall narrative.
I really hope someone finds a way to turn the Dandelion Dynasty books into a television series.
Above all the
There are several great new characters and returning favorites.
My main gripe is that the prose throughout is somewhat flat, borderline lifeless, but I guess the author didn't want to risk losing readers' attention spans by making the prose too dense or stylistic. I wasn't expecting life-changing, breathtaking prose à la Gormenghast, anyway. Readers have to finish the book to like it, don't they?
My only nit-pick is that I find result-rewind-explain-play on sections, a real momentum killer in books not requiring a shock factor. This book's narrative is far strong enough not to have required them.. And there's quite a few..
I really can't wait to see where the Dandelion seeds float to next...!
The second book holds to the high standards Mr. Liu set in the first: excellent and at times lyrical prose, deep characterization which allowed the reader to know the returning characters better, and a sophisticated plot. Many of the characters have to deal with the consequences of hard decisions made in the earlier book. Mr. Liu also introduces a major threat to the peace and prosperity of the Empire, which taxes the wit and ingenuity of the lead characters and creates great tension in the plot.
Okay fearless readers, guess what? Your truly actually read Wall of Storms before Grace of Kings! Yes, really. So I'm just going to say that you need to read both!! Hopefully in the right order, ha!
So, go read the books. Do it now! And wait for the hat trick!
Oh yeah, I've decided that the level of engineering in this series should be called "Bamboo Punk"!
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